If you live in or around the areas of Birmingham in the state of Alabama, you are not alone when it comes to having tax problems of one sort or the other because there is more than just one type. Taxation within the United States is a complex system and includes a wide array of taxation entities. There are a variety of governments that can tax you including: taxation from local governments possibly including one or more of municipal, township, district, and county entities; regional entities such as school, utility, and transit districts; state governments; and the federal government. Each of these government entities have their sets of complex laws, so, it is very hard for the average citizen to go through life without having some type of taxation problem in connection with law.
To complicate matters even further, within each government entity, there can be a variety of different sources to tax you. You can pay tariffs, sales tax, income tax, recessive taxes, social security taxes, property taxes, progressive taxes, unemployment insurance taxes, corporate taxes, excise taxes, estate taxes, transfer taxes, gift taxes, and this list is not conclusive. Is there any wonder that a legion of bookkeepers are hired by the private and public sectors just to keep up with the various taxes in order to help alleviate the problems? Also, with so many different sources of taxation and entities you must annually satisfy, is there any wonder that mistakes are made?
For the most part, most of these government entities will try to help you alleviate the mistakes by providing you with educational material through free publications, websites, and call help centers. Most will help you figure the math on what you owe and will work with you in wide variety of ways. In the event you do have problems, you still have legal rights. The Taxpayers Bill of Rights III was enacted July 22, 1998 for the purpose of protecting your rights as a taxpayer under federal law. Most states also have their own bill of rights when it comes to tax questions. Alabama, for instance, has established the following Bill of Rights for its taxpayers:
- You have the right to receive a clear and simple written description of your role and the department’s role during an audit or examination before the audit or examination proceedings begin.
- You have the right to a written description of the basis for any preliminary assessment, the basis for any penalty imposed by the department regarding any preliminary assessment, and a method describing how you can request an administrative review of any preliminary assessment.
- You have the right to receive a written description of how to exercise your right of appeal to the Administrative Law Division or to circuit court at or before the issuance of a final assessment.
- You have the right to have examinations conducted during regular business hours and to arrange for a convenient time.
- You have the right to be assisted or represented by your authorized representative during dealings with the department.
- You have the right, after giving reasonable advance notice to the department, to make an audio recording of any in-person interview with a department representative.
- You have the right to obtain assistance from the Taxpayer Advocate on matters that have been pending for an unreasonable length of time.
- You have the right to apply for the abatement of any penalties attributable to erroneous written advice if furnished to you by an employee
If you live in or around the areas of Birmingham, Alabama, and you are having problems resolving tax issues with any of the previously mentioned government entities, you have the right to be represented by a tax attorney. Contact us today and we will get you in touch with a tax lawyer in your area who will be able to help you answer all the questions you may have about tax law.